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    Re: Can Iran's nuclear program be stopped by military force alone?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    The problem is that Iran knows how to do it. There is no practical way of stopping them if they want to enrich uranium.
    "Practical" is a defining word I would agree with. But that is a different category than "can".

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    Re: Can Iran's nuclear program be stopped by military force alone?

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    Of course I didn't list the military instruments and combinations thereof with which the program could be halted, because there are quite a few. Each would be appropriate to different aims, they would each create different cost profiles and communicate to the world different things. There is a difference between a decade of bombardment, four nukes and 400.000 troops with a free hand to pacify. Any and more of so different instruments can stop the Iranian program. But you must know that. So, what exactly do you want to know?
    None of the things that you mentioned will stop Iran's nuclear program over a long period of time. None of that can be sustained indefinitely.

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    Re: Can Iran's nuclear program be stopped by military force alone?

    Yes, but not by our military. We wouldn't even stop Syria from using chemical weapons on thousands of people. Obama drew that red line and stepped back. What makes anyone think we'd stop an enrichment program hell bent on Israels destruction?

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    Re: Can Iran's nuclear program be stopped by military force alone?

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    "Practical" is a defining word I would agree with. But that is a different category than "can".
    OK can. Nothing that you suggested CAN be done indefinitely.

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    Re: Can Iran's nuclear program be stopped by military force alone?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    None of the things that you mentioned will stop Iran's nuclear program over a long period of time. None of that can be sustained indefinitely.
    Any of them correctly done would take them 10 to 20 years to make up. Some would certainly make the delay indefinite.

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    Re: Can Iran's nuclear program be stopped by military force alone?

    Quote Originally Posted by chad1389 View Post
    Yes, but not by our military. We wouldn't even stop Syria from using chemical weapons on thousands of people. Obama drew that red line and stepped back. What makes anyone think we'd stop an enrichment program hell bent on Israels destruction?
    Oh. Obama's red lines are the talk of the town. He is sooo good at them. At least the Bushs knew that once drawn, they require action.

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    Re: Can Iran's nuclear program be stopped by military force alone?

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    Any of them correctly done would take them 10 to 20 years to make up. Some would certainly make the delay indefinite.
    No it would not. Again, you cannot demonstrate how Iran cannot enrich uranium over a long period of time undetected.

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    Re: Can Iran's nuclear program be stopped by military force alone?

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    Oh. Obama's red lines are the talk of the town. He is sooo good at them. At least the Bushs knew that once drawn, they require action.
    Okay.

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    Re: Can Iran's nuclear program be stopped by military force alone?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    OK can. Nothing that you suggested CAN be done indefinitely.
    Though in international policy ten years is almost as good as you can get to "indefinite", it is wrong to believe that today's weaponry is not capable of more permanent. That is the primary reason I am so strongly in favor of policy aimed at a communal organization of international security at the global level.

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    Re: Can Iran's nuclear program be stopped by military force alone?

    Quote Originally Posted by MildSteel View Post
    No it would not. Again, you cannot demonstrate how Iran cannot enrich uranium over a long period of time undetected.
    That was not the question I understood you to have asked. But I do believe that it would be nearly impossible to maintain a program to build a reliable nuclear weapon, if the rules of monitoring and inspection are well crafted and robustly enforced.

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